Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto


Victoria is Assistant Dean at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. Her areas of expertise in the domestic policy landscape include immigration, Latinos, women and childcare, and economic equity. more→


Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding policy development and its intersection with institutional and political contexts. Underlying her academic work is the applicability of rigorous research to on-the-ground policy realities.

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Recent Media

College is one of the most dangerous places for women.  One in four women is a victim of sexual assault while in college.  Yet the Department of Justice estimates that less than five percent of completed and attempted rapes are reported to law enforcement.

College is supposed to be a place where young women go to flourish, not be put in harm’s way.  But this past week seven University of Connecticut students reminded us of the underbelly of sexual violence within our colleges.

Kylie Angell, a former UConn student spoke at a news conference about her rape by a classmate.  But as sad and shocking as the rape itself was the reaction by the campus police officer she reported the incident to.

“The officer told me, ‘Women need to stop spreading their legs like peanut butter or rape is going to keep happening until the cows come home.’”

Angell, along with seven other current and former female UConn students, filed a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights under Title IX.  Under the protection of Title IX there cannot be gender-based discrimination in any education program receiving federal funding.

The UConn incident is just the latest in a series of sexual misconduct cases involving universities.  Just down the road from UConn, Yale University has been embroiled in its own set of sexual assault and harassment related issues. (more…)